Loyola University Maryland

ALANA Services


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Rodney Parker 

Rodney Parker

I am Rodney Parker from Wilson, NC and serve as the Director of ALANA Services. I obtained my BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!). Later, I received my Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Duke University (Go Blue Devils!). I came to Loyola more than eight years ago and worked with the dynamic Center for Community Service and Justice staff. After the first two and a half years at Loyola, I joined the ALANA team in the Spring 2005. My job responsibilities include providing leadership for the ALANA team. I am currently working on my doctoral degree in Pastoral Counseling. In my spare time, I like to read, hang out with friends, and listen to all types of music.  

Raven Williams

Raven Williams
Associate Director

I am Raven Williams, Associate Director of ALANA Services and I am elated to be a part of the Loyola family!  I am a native of Saginaw, Michigan.  I have been working in higher education for nine years with a focus on student retention, multicultural affairs, cultural competencies, and diversity/inclusion.  As the Associate Director of ALANA Services, I assist our director with the retention and support services for students of color, as well as staff supervision and implementing leadership training and development opportunities.  I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI and my Master of Arts degree in Administrative Science/Public Administration from Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, MI.  My next academic goal is to begin working on my doctoral degree.  In my spare time, I love anything related to music, church, sports, traveling, shopping, and exploring new restaurants.  The one thing people will learn about me quickly is that I’m a social butterfly and I love people!  Most importantly, I love helping students!

Cristina Garcia

Cristina Garcia
Assistant Director

I, Cristina Caridad Garcia, was born and raised in Yonkers, New York and joined the ALANA team as the Assistant Director in July of 2011. Before coming to Loyola, I was at Davidson College for one and a half years where I served as the Diversity Program Advisor and Area Coordinator. I obtained my B.A. in English at Siena College near Albany NY in 2007 and my Masters in College & Agency Counseling at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh in 2009.  My responsibilities within the ALANA team include the oversight of programming, leadership development and student organizations, as well as supervision of our Graduate Assistants and support to the Associate Director and Director with the daily operations of the office. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my daughter Gabriella and dog Shadow, as well as running, listening to music, cooking, exploring the greater Baltimore area and most of all spending time with my family and close friends.

Hong-yu Li

Hong-yu Li
Administrative Assistant

My name is Hong-yu Li. I was born and raised in China. In August of 2009 I joined Loyola University. Throughout my four-years of service at Loyola University as a Communication/Public Safety Officer, I have provided excellent customer service to Loyola students, faculty, staff, parents and Loyola community members. I have assisted Loyola students, faculty, staff, parents and Loyola community members with their various needs, and I have ensured the safety of Loyola community. I appreciate professional challenges and as such joined the ALANA team on September 16thof 2013. My responsibilities are to provide a wide range of receptionist, secretarial and clerical support to the Director, Mr. Rodney Parker, as well as office management duties, and to work collaboratively with the Associate Director, Raven Williams, and the Assistant Director, Cristina Garcia, to provide supervision for student employees and to assist with the coordination of major ALANA programs and initiatives. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, I also like outdoor activities such as hiking, sightseeing, touring, and I enjoy contemporary Christian music. I enjoy working hard and playing smart!

Dipo Adedeji

Oladipo Adedeji
Graduate Assistant
Academic & Career Enrichment

I am Oladipo Adedeji, and I am proud to be Yoruba. My parents immigrated from Nigeria to Queens, New York where I was born. Throughout my childhood, I lived in Michigan, Texas, and Maryland. I now consider Bowie, Maryland my home. I obtained my B.S. in Psychology from Bowie State University. I first came to Loyola during the Preview Week 2013 and fell in love with the level of diversity, cohesiveness, and insight the Loyola community possessed regarding to my career goals. While serving ALANA, my overall responsibility is to hold fun, memorable events that highlight students' heritage while evaluating ALANA's impact in helping students attain their academic and career goals. I am currently aiming to attain my M.S. in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola.  My interests include singing, comic books (American and manga), the Bible, martial arts, hanging out with family and friends, and meeting new people.

Kathy Mai

Kathy Mai
Graduate Assistant
Leadership Development & Cultural Programming 

I am Kathy and I am excited to join the ALANA team at Loyola, serving as the Leadership Development and Cultural Programing Graduate Assistant. My responsibilities include assisting in the development of multicultural programs for ALANA students and the greater Loyola community. Most importantly, I will be working closely with students to collaborate and facilitate leadership conferences, heritage celebrations among many other ALANA events. I grew up in Massachusetts and am very proud to be from New England! I earned my B.A in psychology with a concentration in women and gender studies at the College of the Holy Cross (Go Crusaders!). In my free time, I love to cook, shop, read and travel. Currently, I am enrolled in Loyola’s graduate program in Clinical Psychology. After my time at Loyola, I hope to move back to New England and work primarily with Vietnamese Americans in the mental health field as a clinical psychologist.

Mickeal Pugh Jr. Mickeal Pugh, Jr.
Graduate Assistant
Research & Retention
My name is Mickeal Pugh Jr. and I am the Research and Retention Graduate Assistant. Here at Loyola, I am in the Master’s program for Clinical Psychology. My future goals include attaining a doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D) degree and implementing programs in under resourced communities which offer clinical and counseling services, legal services, and educational opportunities for those community members. In my undergraduate experience, I was a multi-sport athlete, playing football for three years, and running track and field for four years. Outside of my school work, I have many hobbies including sports, other recreational activities, and reading. I am very excited to be a part of the ALANA team!

ALANA Student Assistants

Joseph Aguilera
Hometown: Manhattan, New York
Class Standing: First Year
Major: International Business, Spanish Minor
*Proficient in Spanish

Nathaniel Hong
Hometown: Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Class Standing: Sophomore
Major: Biochemistry
*Proficient in Korean and Spanish

Kaitlyn Liotta
Hometown: Long Island, New York
Class Standing: Junior
Major: Accounting

Darian Lopez-Robles
Hometown: Boonsboro, Maryland
Class Standing: First Year
Major: International Business
*Fluent in Spanish

Savannah Sanchez
Hometown: New York City, New York
Class Standing: First Year
Major: Biology

Tamir Wheeler-Weaver

Hometown: East Orange, New Jersey
Class Standing: Junior
Major: Information Systems, Forensics Minor